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Grateful Dead Live at Hampton Coliseum on 1988-03-27




Set 1

Iko Iko, Little Red Rooster, Stagger Lee, Ballad Of A Thin Man, Cumberland Blues-> Me & My Uncle, To Lay Me Down, Let It Grow

Set 2

So What, Sugar Magnolia-> Scarlet Begonias-> Fire On The Mountain-> Estimated Prophet-> Eyes Of The World-> Drums-> Jam-> Goin' Down The Road Feelin' Bad-> I Need A Miracle-> Dear Mr. Fantasy-> Sunshine Daydream, E: U.S. Blues

"We want Phil" beginning of Set 2


Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Venue Hampton Coliseum
Location Hampton, VA

Source Master: OTS Nakamichi CM100/cp4's>Marantz PMD-420>Cass(m), Nak DR-2>Tascam CDRW2000>CD by Jon Pasternak; Extraction: CD>xACT 2.00a (cdparanoia)>WAV>FLAC, all tracks extracted with no errors by Dave Mallick
Taped by Jon Pasternak
Transferred by Dave Mallick

Reviews

Reviewer: Deadhead225 - - November 17, 2011
Subject: Wedded Bliss on the Floor
Best Qual. aud. here. I can't see payin' $20 for a tape that I had for free for 20+ years. Especially one that was FM broadcast. The music is awesome and the quality of this recording is quite nice. My brain automatically EQs audience tapes after this many years.

One of the most enjoyable 3 days you could possibly have. The mellow nature of the scene here in the midst of the 80s hype was so welcome. Very few hassles that I remember.

My notes from this night indicate that there was more smoke inside the building than at any other show I attended. Made for some spectacular lights. A couple of years later I met an off duty cop from the area at a show. He said that the policy there was the 4 Ms - More Marijuana Means Mellow. They figured the more they let people smoke the less trouble they would have. I would bet they did not have a whole lotta trouble this night.

Pretty sure it was this night. Maybe night before. I bought a shirt in the lot from some heads. It had this cauldron scene on it. The guy said, "And it comes with a wedding invitation." Cool. I did not think much about it, but sure enough they got married in as traditional a ceremony as you could get on the floor of a Dead show. That was testimony to how mellow it was. You could carry out a freakin' wedding ceremony on the floor wearing a tux and wedding gown!

Reviewer: grateful phishmon - - April 16, 2011
Subject: We Don't Need No Stinkin' Soundboard!!!
Not with three very good to excellent auds available! I forgot which one I downloaded, but I think it's this one. It sounds the best to my ears. Of course, the sound improves once you get the .wav instead of the .mp3. This is the kind of audience tape that puts YOU front-of-board, center -- minus the jostling, people screaming in your ear, balloon tossing, joint passing, and other distractions.

The show itself is one of the most heavily hyped of the 80's, and for the second set up through Fire, it lives up to the hype. The space>So What is one of those fun moments that occurred every now and then at a GD show that loosen everybody up, including the band, even though they fall apart on the first run-through of the So What "head." The Scarlet>Fire that follows is one of the few 80's style S>F's I'll put up there with my personal gold standard, 3/5/81. Jerry teases and tickles your ears through Scarlet and the transition, then wails all over Fire. The drummers drive it all along with heavy play on the toms.

After that, they fall back into standard 80's mode. Estimated>Eyes is fun but typically 80's-short and nothing to write home about. Jerry doesn't quite nail the middle section of Estimated before, as one frequent commenter here would put it, "going off at the end." The post-Space is strong, with a pretty lead-in to GDTRFB and a hot Mr. Fantasy as was typical of this period. The first set is solid, but Let It Grow is a bit of a disappointment, with too much of the standard late-80's lead from Jerry.

Since a typical mid-late 80's show (not counting Fall 89) is 3 stars for me, I'll give this one a solid 4.
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